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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Program Overview
The curriculum of the Murray State University Master of Arts Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is based on guidelines developed by TESOL, an international professional organization, and on recognized programs at other institutions. It features instruction and experiences that contribute directly to competencies in linguistics, language pedagogy, assessment, and culture.      

The MA in TESOL is offered by the Department of English and Philosophy of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Doctorally-prepared faculty in linguistics, second-language teaching, and related fields serve as the program's instructors. The TESOL Advisory Committee is made up of the TESOL program director, the chair of English and Philosophy, and the TESOL faculty.


Grad Wins International Award

Isnain Evilina (Lina) Dewi, a recent graduate of our Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, received the 2013 Ambassador's Award for Excellence from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

Isnain Evilina (Lina) Dewi

Learn more about Lina's achievement!

ANNOUNCEMENT: 12-month program discontinued
We have discontinued the 12-month option for the MA in TESOL. Please contact graduate TESOL programs director Dr. M. Sue Sroda if you have any questions.


Programs

The MA TESOL program offers on-campus/off-campus courses of study for applicants. Students can select a program of study to suit their individual schedules. The four options are:

  • Traditional or two-year MA curriculum
  • Online MA
  • ESL Endorsement for Kentucky teachers (online/on-campus)

Program Option Average Time of Completion Begin Study Full-time Part-time On-campus Off-campus
Traditional MA 18-24 Months Any Semester Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online MA 24-36 Months Any Semester No Yes No Yes
ESL Endorsement 18-24 Months Any Semester Yes Yes Yes Yes


Employment Opportunities
The MA in TESOL is the recognized teaching degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, a field that has shown phenomenal growth in recent years. This degree is regularly cited in position announcements for:

  • Community college and university teaching positions in pre-college English programs for international students
  • Industry positions in training programs for non-English speaking employees
  • Positions to teach English in secondary schools and colleges all over the world

The Murray State program collects information about internship and employment opportunities and makes it available to program participants. The credit-bearing internship experience required of all students at the end of the program can in many cases be an actual paid position in the United States or abroad.


Application Deadlines
For applicants who live in the United States, we recommend you apply three months before the desired start term. See Graduate Admissions for more information. 

Application deadlines for international students are May 31 for the fall semester, and October 15 for the spring semester. We have established these deadlines to allow sufficient time to process all required documents before arrival on campus. See the Institute for International Studies Admissions page for more information. 


How To Apply For Admission
Application forms for graduate study at Murray State are available in the admissions office on the first floor of Sparks Hall, or visit the graduate admission page. The admissions office will send a copy of your application materials to the TESOL program director.

Contact
Dr. M. Sue Sroda
TESOL Program Director
7C Faculty Hall
Department of English and Philosophy
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341
270-809-4715

 

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